Weekend Concierge

Nov 192017
apothecary 330

Not everyone wants to sit at home on Thanksgiving day and there’s not much to do, or so we thought until we asked our Facebook followers if they knew if bars would be open for business as usual.  Boy, were we in for a surprise with the list we received with just one post!  So, we thought we would share this informal list of just a few area bars that will be open on Thanksgiving Day, November 23rd, 2017 divided by county.  Special thanks to friends of The Weekend Concierge on Facebook for the following list with added notes of interest on each line.


Boston Johnny’s in Hollywood (opening at 11am with complimentary Thanksgiving dinner)

Briny Irish Pub in Pompano Beach (all day)

Bru’s Room (all locations)

Cagney’s Saloon (Open at 7pm, Jam Night with free Thanksgiving Dessert!)

Cheers Fort Lauderdale and Sunrise (open at 8pm and Karaoke at Cheers Fort Lauderdale)

Fishtales Restaurant & Nightclub on 33rd Street in Fort Lauderdale (Incredible Johnny L at 5pm and Rogue Theory at 9pm)

LuLu’s Bait Shack in Beach Place Fort Lauderdale (Open at 11am)

Margaritaville in Hollywood (Bombshell band on the outdoor stage 7-9 pm, Making Faces band inside at 9pm)

McSorley’s Beach Pub in Fort Lauderdale (Open all day)

Nectar Lounge at Coconut Creek Casino (Furious George band at 8pm)

Oasis Pub in Fort Lauderdale

Premier Billiards in Coral Springs (Entertainment by DJ Stefan 10pm till 2am)

Waxy O’Connors in Fort Lauderdale

Whiskey Tango in Hollywood


Blue Anchor in Delray Beach (live music by Bruja Duo at 9pm)

Bull Bar in Delray Beach

Copper Blues Rock Pub & Kitchen in West Palm Beach  (live music by Big Medizin at 8pm)

The Duck Tavern in Boca Raton (Opening at 7:00pm)

Elmo’s Rock Bar in Boynton Beach (opening at 6pm)

O’Connor’s Pub in Boca Raton

O’Connors Pub in Delray Beach (open all day with free buffet)

Piper’s Sports Bar & Grill in Greenacres (Open at 6pm and live music by Beyond Blonde at 9:30pm)


Check our annual blog for three places to eat dinner on Thanksgiving in and around Fort Lauderdale.



Be sure to also check out the Live Music Calendars at www.WeekendBroward.com for more places to eat and drink the night before Thanksgiving, traditionally one of the most popular days of the year for celebrating with friends (and college buddies) before getting together with family on Thursday.


Tamara at The Apothecary 330 as seen in our blog Hidden gems in downtown Fort Lauderdale.

Nov 152017
thanksgiving restaurants

Being in south Florida, where families do not always live in close proximity to each other, holidays like Thanksgiving are not alway as picture perfect as we see on television or movies.  Even if you have many friends and family who would like to sit around a dinner table, not everyone looks forward to cooking or cleaning for a large number of guests.  That’s why, easy year, I prepare a short list of places that will be open on Thanksgiving which falls on Thursday, November 23rd for the year 2017.  Full disclosure: the first three places listed are sponsors of Weekend Broward.

  1. Galuppi’s Restaurant & Patio-Bar in Pompano Beach – Known for their huge Sunday Brunch Buffets, this hidden treasure located at the entrance to the Pompano Beach Municipal Golf Course will probably have the largest spread of both traditional and non-traditional foods on their all-you-can eat buffet beginning at Noon on Thursday, November 24th.  Seating will be available in both their intimate dining room or out on the patio.  RSVP recommended (954) 785-0226 $34.95pp (14.95 for kids 4-12)
  2. Fishtales on 33rd in Fort Lauderdale – Live Music & Great Food are guaranteed 7 Days a week at this intimate restaurant and nightclub located in the North Beach Shopping District of Fort Lauderdale.  Thanksgiving will be No Exception.  Owner Cathy Vassallo has prepared a special menu with a choice of Prime Rib, Honey-Baked Ham or Fried Turkey, traditional side dishes, soup or salad and dessert for a Prix Fixe of $29.95.  Since there are only a limited number of tables inside and out on the patio, reservations are highly recommended.  (954) 689-2344.
  3. Shooters Waterfront in Fort Lauderdale – Known for their beautiful view of the intra-coastal waterway and docks that let you park your boat while you eat indoors or out on their extensive patio, “Shooters” is offering an all-you-can-eat buffet this year. The carving station will offer turkey, prime rib and roasted ham. The buffet will also include soups, salads, traditional sides and desserts including Pumpkin Cheesecake for a set price of $54/pp ($26 for kids 12 and under).    Call (954) 566-2855 for more info.

You might also wish to read: Bars open on Thanksgiving Day.


thanksgiving restaurants


Be sure to also check out the Live Music Calendars at www.WeekendBroward.com for more places to eat and drink the night before Thanksgiving, traditionally one of the most popular days of the year for celebrating with friends (and college buddies) before getting together with family on Thursday.

Oct 262017
gridiron grill-off

The Pompano Beach Amp is the place to be the second weekend in November. John Offerdahl’s Gridiron Grill-Off Food & Wine Festival presented by the University of Miami Health System has combined forces with AEG Presents to create a two-day extravaganza. On their own, John Offerdahl’s Gridiron Grill-Off Food & Wine Festival or theSammy Hagar & The Circle concert would each be a huge draw, but together, a once in a lifetime experience has just been created—the launch of the John Offerdahl’s Gridiron Grill-Off Food & Wine Festival Weekend!

gridiron grilloffOn Saturday, the ever-popular John Offerdahl’s Gridiron Gill-Off Food & Wine Festival presented by the University of Miami Health System kicks off its eighth year with Miami Dolphins legends, top South Florida chefs and media personalities teaming up to delight football fans and foodies with signature grilled entrees paired with premium wines and spirits. Nearly 3,000 event attendees will also enjoy live music by the Hyryze Band, a silent auction, the Average Joes vs. Football Pros cornhole tournament at the Toyota Festival Stage, Tito’s Vodka Tailgate Zone and more. 

Then, on Sunday night, Sammy Hagar, one of rock music’s most dynamic singer songwriters performs in concert with his new band The Circle. As a multiplatinum-selling solo artist and frontman for iconic bands including Montrose and Van Halen, with whom he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Haggar has sold more than 50 million albums and influenced the sound of rock music for more than four decades. His newest supergroup The Circle, features Michael Anthony, the renowned bassist who’s played with him for the past 30 years in bands including Van Halen and Chickenfoot; Jason Bonham, the acclaimed drummer and son of Led Zeppelin’s iconic drummer, John Bonham; and Vic Johnson, Hagar’s longtime guitar virtuoso who seamlessly shreds through his own, as well as some of rock’s most iconic guitarist’s riffs. Multi-platinum selling band, Collective Soul, opens.

This live entertainment addition is sponsored in part by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Film, Music, Fashion & Create division.


“John Offerdahl’s Gridiron Grill-Off is excited to up the entertainment factor and expand the scope of this annual event by adding a Sunday concert,” said John Offerdahl, event founder and former Miami Dolphins All-Pro Linebacker.


Saturday’s football, food and wine elements will not be present at Sunday’s concert.


Sammy Hagar and The Circle had originally been scheduled for September 19, 2017, but due to Hurricane Irma, the concert was rescheduled. Tickets from the original date will be honored at this event. Refunds for the original date will be given at point of sale.

Sponsors of John Offerdahl’s Gridiron Grill-Off Food & Wine Festival is presented by the University of Miami Health System. Other sponsors include Walgreens, Southeast Toyota, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Boston Beer, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Publix, IKEA, iHeart Media and Allegiance Crane & Equipment.


Saturday, 11/11 John Offerdahl’s Gridiron Grill-Off Food & Wine Festival presented by the University of Miami Health System| 12-5:30pm

Tickets: $85-$125

Sunday, 11/12 Sammy Hagar & The Circle with Collective Soul | 7pm

Tickets: From $49

COMBO Package: $124.50 – 174.50 for the general admission and concert ticket; $159.50 – 209.50 for VIP admission and concert ticket

The first 100 people the purchase the combo ticket will receive an invitation to the Pre-Concert VIP Party to include a special VIP credential along with complimentary food and beverages.


All tickets available at  www.theamppompano.org or www.gridirongrilloff.com/tickets

For more information, www.theamppompano.org



Oct 032017

Much to the delight of music fans from Pompano Beach and surrounding areas, Galuppi’s Restaurant & Patio Bar will continue featuring tributes to favorite 70’s and 80’s rock bands this coming fall and has released a full lineup to the end of the year.  All summer long, save for a short pause due to Hurricane Irma, Galuppi’s has delighted guests with free concerts paying tribute to such popular bands as The Eagles, Styx, Heart, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones and many more.  Some will return before the end of the year and new ones will debut.  In addition, some Friday and Saturdays will also feature popular local bands such as Wildfire and Mr. Nice Guy.


October 7 – Doors Alive tribute to Jim Morrison and The Doors

October 13 – Beatlemaniax USA tribute to The Beatles

October 14 – The Boss Project tribute to Bruce Springsteen and The E-Street Band

October 20 – Bango Bango’s tribute to The Go-Go’s, Bangles and other 80’s All-Girl Bands

October 28 – The Long Run tribute to The Eagles (postponed to due to tropical storm Philippe)


November 4 – AM12 (After Midnight) tribute to Eric Clapton

November 11 – Jaded tribute to Aerosmith

November 17 – Never Stop Believin’ & Livin’ on a Prayer Tributes to Journey & Bon Jovi

November 18 – Powerhouse Blues featuring Shaw Davis & The Black Ties and Albert Castiglia (Just added!)

November 22 – Pure Heart (Formerly Lifeline) Tribute to Heart (Pre-Thanksgiving performance)

November 25 – True Rumours tribute to Fleetwood Mac


December 2 – Roll the Stones tribute to The Rolling Stones

December 8 – 4NR2 tribute to Foreigner

December 9 – Smooth STB tribute to Santana

December 15 – Beatlemaniax USA tribute to The Beatles

December 16 – Doors Alive tribute to The Doors

December 22 – The Long Run tribute to The Eagles (new date!)

December 23 – Jimmy Stowe & The Stowaways tribute to Jimmy Buffett

December 30 – Forever Styx  tribute to Styx and Chain Reaction tribute to Journey

* All Shows are “Rain or Shine” and subject to change without notice

For more details, and updates visit: www.galuppis.com/live-music/

Reservations are not required however are available for a small charge depending on table size.  Call (954) 785-0226 for inquiries.

Oct 022017
Friday Night Sound Waves, the free concert series on Fort Lauderdale Beach will make DC Alexander Park home throughout the month of October. Located at 505 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard, concert goers will find ample parking across the street at the neighboring Swimming Hall of Fame. Beach Hopper Tours will provide free shuttle service from the Fort Lauderdale Beach Hub and Oceanside at Las Olas & A1A. The series will resume the final two performances of the season at The Fort Lauderdale Beach Hub on Las Olas & A1A, Friday, November 3 and 10. Show times will remain 6pm – 9pm.
“The Fort Lauderdale Beach Hub at Las Olas & A1A has proved a wonderful stage for our weekly Friday Night concert series,” stated Arianne Glassman, producer of Friday Night Sound Waves. “With October being Breast Cancer Awareness month it’s only fitting that stage is used to shine a spotlight on the pink ribbon art piece donated by AutoNation to the City of Fort Lauderdale, and this most important cause. Until we return to our home in November we look forward to having everyone #MeetMeAtThePARK.”

Hurricane Irma and Maria relief

Continuing their Hurricane Irma and Maria relief efforts each week, which began September 15 and will run through the series end, Friday Night Sound Waves organizers will host collections and raffle sales to benefit local and international organizations.  Each Friday in October, series organizers will sell raffle tickets for the opportunity to win a round trip air travel certificate on Southwest Airlines, the official airlines of Friday Night Sound Waves. Tickets will sell for $5 each or three for $10 and five for $20. All proceeds will benefit Hurricane Relief efforts in Puerto Rico. Sales will commence at 6:00pm with the winner announced prior to the band’s second set. Additionally, various local nonprofits will supervise a donation drop off tent during the weekly featured performances, which include:
October 6- All Access Band sponsored by Bahia Mar Yachting Center
shane duncan all accessCollaborating Nonprofit: Healthy Mother’s Healthy Babies Coalition of Broward County
Since 1987, Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Broward County has dedicated their mission to reducing infant deaths by strengthening families through a comprehensive approach to prenatal care, parenting, education, and support services. Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies will collect children and infant food, goods and supplies for distribution to Everglades City. The organization will also sell butterflies as a fundraiser in honor of October being Infant Mortality/SIDS Awareness Month. A butterfly release led by Aidan Scully, author of “My Sister is a Butterfly”, and son of All Access band member, David Scully, will take place at 8:00pm. Aidan will have autographed books for sale with proceeds going to his chosen charities in honor of his sister, Taylor.
October 13 – School of Rock sponsored by 104.3 The Shark
school of rock

Photo by Ron Navarrete Photography (www.outsidethephotopit.com)

Collaborating Nonprofit: HandsOn Broward
Established in 1974, HandsOn Broward has spent over four decades mobilizing volunteers to strengthen Broward communities. As the lead agency with Broward County’s Emergency Operations Center, HandsOn Broward and sister chapter, HandsOn Miami, coordinated 1,000’s of volunteers to lead clean up, food and water distribution in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. HandsOn Broward will focus on the collection food, goods and supplies for both seniors and pets for distribution locally. The event will honor the organization, volunteers and their role in recovery.
October 20 – Electric Piquete sponsored by Florida Power & Light
Electric Piquete
Collaborating Nonprofit: TBD.
The event will recognize the outstanding work by Florida Power & Light employees and contractors to get the City of Fort Lauderdale and South Florida back up and running in record time after Hurricane Irma.
October 27 – All Star Soul Band sponsored by Modelo Especial and Corona Light with Halloween Costume Contest & Trick or Treating
Collaborating Nonprofit: FLIPANY
Blues Brothers All Star Soul BandFLIPANY (Florida Introduces Physical Activity and Nutrition to Youth) is a local non-profit organization established in 2005 that empowers youth and adults through physical activity and nutrition programs while raising awareness and creating policy changes for healthier communities. The only agency of its kind in Florida, FLIPANY has been instrumental in helping the community recognize the importance of their health, how to make healthy lifestyle choices, and the critical role nutrition and physical activity plays in the health and development of youth and families. FLIPANY will focus on the collection healthy treats and snacks for distribution locally. The event will host a costume contest and have Trick-or-Treating at vendor booths.
Final 2 Shows at The Beach Hub (A1A and Las Olas)
November 3 – The Heavy Pets
November 10 – Mr. Nice Guy
For more details on these or other upcoming events, visit: http://fridaynightsoundwaves.com/

Sep 292017
nefesh mountain

Congregation B’nai Israel (CBI) of Boca Raton is pleased to present the Nefesh Mountain bluegrass band as part of a weekend of live music on October 13th to the 15th at the Cohen/Friedkin Sanctuary at Congregation B’nai Israel.  In addition, popular children’s singer, Mama Doni, will perform in concert on Sunday, October 15th.

About Nefesh Mountain

Nefesh Mountain pioneered a new sound that merges Jewish Soul with Bluegrass and Old-Time musical traditions.  Founded by husband and wife team, Eric Lindberg and Doni Zasloff, the group’s recent debut album also features a number of bluegrass greats. Both Lindberg and Zasloff perform, along with their band, in Nefesh Mountain and Mama Doni.

About Mama Doni

Doni Zasloff is Mama Doni, an award-winning singer, songwriter and author with several CD’s and DVD’s, including Chanukah Fever and Shabbat Shaboom.  She is also the author of the book, Get Cooking! 

Performance Schedule

October 13, 7:30 p.m.: Shabbat Experience—Nefesh Mountain performs with the CBI clergy.

October 14, 7:00 p.m. (doors open), Nefesh Mountain in Concert, pre-concert reception will feature a performance by The Shade Tree Pickers.  Premium reserved tickets and the dessert reception tickets are $118.  Reserved seats are $54.  General admission is $36 and student admission is $20. Buy online at CBIBoca.org

October 15, 2:00 p.m. Mama Doni Children’s Concert, adults are $18, children 12 and under are $10.  Pre-concert fun with Miss Susan. Buy online at CBIBoca.org


About Congregation B’nai Israel

Founded in 1984, Congregation B’nai Israel (CBI) stands as a nationally recognized all-inclusive Reform Synagogue, fostering a meaningful and spiritual connection to Judaism. Known for exceptional education programs, CBI offers an APPLE accredited award-winning preschool, an innovative religious school and renowned adult education programs. With an ongoing commitment to social action and community outreach initiatives, CBI promotes giving and volunteering within the community at large. CBI warmly welcomes people of all faiths, race and all members of the LGBTQ community. For more information, visit http://www.cbiboca.org or call 561-241-8118.


Congregation B’nai Israel
2200 Yamato Road, Boca Raton, FL